2018 is the 50th anniversary of AIFL and today the last graduating class walked across the stage. Over 100 talented students received their degrees and diplomas. It was a happy ending to a sad down turn of events. The campus is closing tomorrow. Thank you to all the faculty and staff of AIFL for 50 incredible years. Your dedication kept the college alive, helped thousands of students pursue their dreams even while administrations struggled, owners drain profits, hurricanes blew out windows and accreditation agencies fumbled. Good luck everyone on your adventures after AI.
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I worked at AiFl for many years..It was a terrible school. We promised students we would place them in jobs and we did not..
Well said, 6qhd. :-)
Let's get real here, guys. AIFL was a good school to many students. And it was a horrible place for many students - this is no fault of anyone who worked at AFIl though. AIFL was part of a company that had a culture of accepting students who had no business being in any school...even a mediocre art school like AIFL.
Many of AIFL's faculty were extremely dedicated teachers and professionals. The names of many of them come to mind. Several were also sleazebags and halfwits. This is also not necessarily the fault of any one person at AIFL. In order to stay afloat (especially near the end) it was necessary to employ sub par faculty who didn't possess the "worldliness" an patience required to be a college professor or instructor at this sort of school with these sorts of students.
The same goes for staff. Some were great, others left much to be desired.
But before you attack the school and its legacy, or any one person at AIFL, consider this: outliers aside, for the most part, the faculty and staff at AIFl meant well. They were educators and artists with the shared goal of educating students in the applied arts to ensure they could find meaningful careers in the area that they loved enough to study for 2-3 years.
It is unfair to suggest anyone was "drinking the kool aid." Everyone at AIFL - staff, faculty, and students - knew what this place was. It wasn't Harvard. It wasn't UM. It wasn't even FIU or Broward College. It was a school meant to serve a unique population of students who would never thrive in those schools.
If you came here by choice, you were one of those students. And no one at AIFL tried to mislead or injure your future. AIFL's parent companies (EDMC, DCEH, etc) were certainly awful places with misleading and ill-willed practices. But your AIFL family had your back the whole time. Remember that the next time you insult the place or it's community.
And seriously DCEH and EDMC are horrible places!!!
great message BUT the lives of truly great employees who dedicated their lives to Aii and DECH and now DECH spits on them.......and the students not caring. A suspicious title DECH blar blar and HOLDINGS. What are holdings.......another government scam? DECH should be ashamed of their practices. Aii should also be ashamed because they SOLD out the employees. Some GREAT employees worked tirelessly for 23 PLUS years and no SEVERANCE.......what kind of company does that. ONE THAT DOESNT CARe....THATS WHO.
@WBdnO4C clearly did not attend AIFL. AIFL had a great reputation and thousands of successful graduates. It is so easy to b*tch unless you went there and know the truth. Can't discuss any other campus, just the one I attended that had great teachers.
AIFL was well regarded in the community and it will be missed. It offered several courses of study not available at other nearby institutions and a faculty who cared. So many of its graduates started their own businesses and went on in turn to help new graduates find success.
It was a moving ceremony and was really sad to see it all come to an end.
Well said. Fond memories! Congrats to students and teachers who stuck it out till the end.
Congrats to the graduates! Would you like fries with that?
Congratulations to the grads!
@WBdnO4C. Wow, that is some bitter bitterness. Bitter much?
And what a heaping helping of kool aid that was. You conveniently neglected to mention the legions of screwed over students effed and left bleeding by the side of the road lo those fifty WTF incredible years. Over one hundred walked across the stage and tens of thousands fell through it.
Yeah congrats for that and screw you psycho.
What a way celebrate a 50yr anniversary -- well -- congrats for all the years